Facebook App Background Usage STILL High

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  1. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    How is Facebook still getting away with this?

    Have you checked yours lately?

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  2. HEK macrumors 68030

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    Simple, you stop using it. If enough people stop using Facebook, or at least stop using Facebook app. Use the safari Facebook, with ad and tracking blockers on. Then Facebook will begin to notice and maybe do something. What does Facebook care if you use up your battery and data so they can snoop and track.
     
  3. willmtaylor thread starter macrumors G3

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    I may try it. Haven't since installing content blockers.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    There's an extremely high level of improbability of that happening.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Do you have background app refresh for it enabled?
     
  6. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    I don't and I have the same issue with it as the OP. I tried the browser version and it's unwieldy. I'm stuck with it. As much as I am sick of the endless meme stream and political stuff I'm just stuck. It's what my husband's family uses to keep in touch. My own family still just picks up the phone or emails. Nobody else I want to keep in touch with still does that.
     
  7. willmtaylor thread starter macrumors G3

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    Nope. Never have. This is the app defying the wishes of background app refresh. When it made news earlier it was supposedly b/c of videos (which I never watch on the app) and has supposedly been patched, which it obviously hasn't. "Shocker." -Nobody
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Same here, I turned off that background refresh right away for all apps.
    Hope they fix it cause I noticed some more battery drain with FB lately but not too bad.
    I usually have the video to autoplay on wifi only and on carrier data I have to click to play videos.
    Also I like to force close all apps here and there so not sure if that stops the apps background use.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Well, background refresh can certainly contribute to background usage but it doesn't control it and background usage can happen without it. Aside from not using the app the alternatives are using another app (like Paper), Safari or another browser, or perhaps using the app but closing it when done.
     
  10. BradWould macrumors 6502

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    Mine is the same. I switched to the browser based version for awhile but ultimately switched back to the app even with the battery issues. What really grinds my gears about the Facebook app is that they don't even describe what they fixed in the update notes. They just throw some copy and paste bs about updating every 2 weeks or something. I'd get rid of it for good if my battery wasn't lasting as long as it is.
     
  11. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I agree with the OP. I have background app refresh disabled and Facebook's background activity is still the largest power consumer on my phone. I don't really mind because I still get battery life that suits my needs, but fixing this would still be nice.
     
  12. willmtaylor thread starter macrumors G3

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    I try to remember to kill the app, but only remember about half of the time.
     
  13. MistahMumford macrumors 6502

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    I never use it. I was using the mobile page and attempting to us IFTTT for notifications. I got some but it was largely inconsistent. I'm now using Paper. I'd prefer if there was a way to view my newsfeed as most recent but the way Paper curates my newsfeed is acceptable. I'm liking it was overall.
     
  14. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    If you close out the app (double click home button) and swipe it up. I find it eliminates Facebook background usage.

    I have it background refresh off PLUS swipe and close out the Facebook app. Disable all its notification including the pesky Facebook messenger app which always tells me to turn on notification the few times I have to respond to Facebook message. I swipe that messenger app up and close it also
     
  15. cynics macrumors G3

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    Mine appears to be reporting incorrectly.

    I used it for about an hour and it reports 25 foreground 32 background. I feel like when it's using WebView and other similar task it still reporting that as Facebook usage, but since Facebook is technically in the background it's reported as background usage.
     
  16. lyceumHQ macrumors 6502a

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    I've recently had a conversation about this over in the JB forum.

    I don't have app refresh on for an apps. I don't have Facebook notifications switched on. I don't have messenger installed.

    Mine currents stands at 44 mins on screen 1.8 hours background.

    There's a number of Cydia tweaks which claim to stop the VoIP string (which is supposedly what's causing it) but those made no difference. There's a theory it's messenger causing it but I don't have that installed. So it's not that.

    There's also a tweak which downgrades you to an earlier version of the app so you can still use the in app messenger. That didn't help either.

    Disabling the VoIP doesn't work, having background app refresh off doesn't work. Closing the app from the app switcher after using it doesn't work.

    Nothing I've tried so far besides removing the app has stopped it from running away and doing whatever it feels like on the background.

    The mobile site is awful, no doubt made that way so you install the app.

    I can't think of anything else to try to stop it running in the background.
     
  17. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure why people need to tell us they hate Facebook.. We don't care.

    It's funny when people make a status "deleting Facebook inbox for number" and then a week later they still have their Facebook.

    A bunch of attention seeking losers
     
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    MOD NOTE

    We have removed a number of off topic bickering posts along with their responses from this thread. Please ensure that this does not continue.
     
  19. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I do all of that and background usage is still high. As I previously mentioned, it's not a major concern for me, but I find it very curious that they can't seem to resolve the issue.
     
  20. trajano macrumors member

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    Could it be an ios9 issue? It isn't just Facebook that has this battery drain issues since ios9 but a few games i have played also exhibit this issue.
     
  21. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    No definitely the app.
     
  22. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    It's funny.

    Facebook app is so rogue on my lg G3 android device as well. I disable everything in android and disable all the notifications on android Facebook app still consumes like 10-% per hour.

    When i uninstall Facebook on android my battery life is good again with only 2 or 3 percent battery drainage and I just stick to using the web Facebook page.
     
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  25. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    What exactly is it doing as far as "spyware" goes?
     

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